Sport Competition Anxiety Test (SCAT)

The Sport Competition Anxiety Test (Martens 1977), commonly known as just the SCAT test, is a self reporting questionnaire about anxiety. The SCAT analyses an athlete's responses to a series of statements about how they feel in a competitive situation. From the results it is possible to determine a measure of their level of anxiety. Other similar tests include the The Sport Anxiety Scale.

Procedure

The athlete answers the 15 questions on the questionnaire below. There is no time limit. The test is good for monitoring the performance anxiety of an athlete, by conducting the rest at regular interval and noting the changes over time.

The SCAT

Read each statement below, decide if you "Rarely", "Sometimes" or "Often" feel this way when competing in your sport, and tick the appropriate box to indicate your response.

  Question It effects me ...
1 Competing against others is socially enjoyable Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
2 Before I compete I feel uneasy Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
3 Before I compete I worry about not performing well Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
4 I am a good sportsman when I compete Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
5 When I compete, I worry about making mistakes Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
6 Before I compete I am calm Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
7 Setting a goal is important when competing Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
8 Before I compete I get a queasy feeling in my stomach Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
9 Just before competing, I notice my heart beats faster than usual Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
10 I like to compete in games that demands a lot of physical energy Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
11 Before I compete I feel relaxed Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
12 Before I compete I am nervous Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
13 Team sports are more exciting than individual sports Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
14 I get nervous wanting to start the game Rarely  / Sometimes / Often
15 Before I compete I usually get uptight Rarely  / Sometimes / Often

Scoring

The SCAT contains 15 items, 10 of which measure symptoms associated with anxiety, with five others that are not scored included to reduce the likelihood of an internal response-set bias. The scores for the 10 items are summed to provide an overall measure, with a high score reflecting a greater tendency to experience competitive anxiety. Use the following table to calculate a total score. A score of less than 17 indicates a low level of anxiety, 17 to 24 an average level of anxiety, and more than 24 a high level of anxiety.

Questrion No. Rarely Sometimes Often
1 0 0 0
2 1 2 3
3 1 2 3
4 0 0 0
5 1 2 3
6 3 2 1
7 0 0 0
8 1 2 3
9 1 2 3
10 0 0 0
11 3 2 1
12 1 2 3
13 0 0 0
14 1 2 3
15 1 2 3

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